The 2017 Phoenix Ball Patrons' Party is set for Friday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon home of Jackie and Chuck Cowden, Cumberland University recently announced.
The island-themed party, "Fire and Ice in Paradise," is a celebration of all the support the Phoenix Ball has received this year.
Jackie Cowden is an alumna of CU, receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the university. She has been a member of the CU Board of Trust since 2007. She said her experience at Cumberland was positive, serving as the starting point for lifelong relationships and preparing her academically to complete her degree at Vanderbilt University. When she attended CU as an undergraduate, the university was a two-year school.
"The world is a vastly different place than it was 40, 30, 20 or even 10 years ago. It's more important than ever that education provide the framework and foundation that allows our young people to enter their post-graduation world with an understanding and acknowledgement of the likenesses and differences in philosophies and cultures," she said. "Cumberland provides the perfect small community feel while offering the students the best in faculty to provide that necessary framework and foundation for continued success."
Custom Packaging, the company founded by Jackie Cowden's father, Lawrence West, started a scholarship program 43 years ago - one that continues today - for dependents of employees of Custom Packaging to attend Cumberland University.
Patrons' Party reservations are $150 per person and can be made by visiting www.phoenixball.com or by calling (615) 547-1241. The attire will be "festive, laid back, island attire, such as Tommy Bahama shirts, sundresses, flip-flops, linen shorts," Jackie Cowden said.